Friday, August 31, 2012
Colorado University - Campaign For Obama, Get College Credit
Daily Caller -- A public university in Colorado may have violated state law by offering students course credit if they volunteered with President Obama’s re-election campaign. A blog post on the Adams State University website billed the opportunity as a “12 week long organizing internship for the Obama Campaign.”
Both the blog post and the course are now gone. The course was canceled due to lack of interest, according to the university. The blog post was taken down earlier this week after a conservative student blog, Campus Reform, reported on it.
The course may have been in violation of the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act , which prohibits the use of public resources toward “campaigns involving the nomination, retention, or election of any person to any public office.” Oliver Darcy, the editor at Campus Reform who first reported the story, said the course struck him as a likely violation of state law.
“They are definitely using a few professors at least to help these students with the campaign process, so I don’t understand how it doesn’t use public resources for campaign purposes,” he said in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A spokesperson for the university said the blog post was mistaken about the nature of the course, and that students would have been allowed to volunteer with any campaign.
“This is an independent study course that would be available to any student in any campaign,” said Julie Waechter, a spokesperson for ASU, in an interview with TheDC News Foundation.
Waechter declined to give the name of the employee who authorized the course. Dodie Day, the administrator who posted the blog entry, declined to comment.
According to Waechter, the Obama administration reached out to the university about hosting such an offer.
“The Obama campaign did approach the school. Others campaigns did not,” she said, adding that the school would have considered a similar offer from the Republican campaign of Gov. Mitt Romney.
But Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars and a chronicler of political bias in academia, said universities have no business awarding class credit for political activity at all.
Blog author's comments - This is ridiculous. I do hope the liberal teachers/administrators have to answer for it. Liberal academia strikes again. Obama and his team will stop at nothing to win this election.
It would be interesting to know what the instructors could tell the students concerning anything good Obama has done for America. Don't the students see what the job market is, the state of the economy? What do they have to look forward to if they help Obama win a second term?
Obama has shown us he is not capable of doing the job he was given and is destroying our country. Try to imagine, it should not be that difficult, how America will be in another four years if he is still in the White House.